Chicken Sausage Stew

A few more weeks of winter left. There has been a glimmering hint of spring down here…some warmer sun, birds chirping, blooming flowers… I am hoping March keeps bringing us some warmer temps and plenty of sun, but until then I am trying to find the plus side of all this cold weather. How about a big pot of stew and a couple glasses of red wine to warm your bones? This recipe is a this and that of ingredients thrown in to my dutch oven. Simple and scrumptious! I plan on taking it in to my school’s black history luncheon.

Chicken Sausage Stew

Ingredients
1 package of chicken sausage- (of course, you could use pork or turkey)
1 large can tomato sauce
1 large can diced tomatoes
1 can black beans rinsed drained
1 cup of rice
1 bag of frozen peas
1 onion chopped and diced (or 1 tablespoon of onion powder)
2-3 cloves of crushed and chopped garlic (or 1 tablespoon of garlic powder)
1 cup half and half
warmed Chicken stock as needed
chopped fresh or dried herbs- whatever you have on hand- I used thyme, rosemary, and oregano
salt and pepper to taste

Directions
Brown your sausage according to the package
Take it out of the pan and add in about a couple of tablespoons of butter or vegetable oil. Add your onion, garlic, and rice and saute them together for about 10 minutes on med. low heat.
Add in add your cans of tomato sauce, tomatoes, and beans. Slice up your sausage and put it in the pot. Stir every 5-10 minutes adding in your stock a little at a time until your rice is cooked through. At the end, add your frozen peas, fresh herbs, and half and half. Add more stock until your desired consistency. I like my stew thicker, so I did not add much stock.

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